I think the best job in the film industry is directing. You go out and you do the best your heart can do, and you come home and they’ll say, “So it was very hard to do that,” and they’ll tell you he was very difficult, you’ve been the person in the cast saying, “So I guess it was really hard to do that, too.” And then you talk about a week, three weeks, six weeks after the casting in. It’s a very long journey. But you don’t see the results from it until you stop. At the end of the day, I love the process.
What’s your favorite scene in American History X?
I’ve seen that scene with Jack Nicholson. It’s a very good scene. And the best bit of acting I’ve gotten [I’ve] seen in a very long time with John [Kamen]. I saw him in the movie [The Last Picture Show], and he was great in the scene. All these years later, I love that scene. I love it so much because the director of the movie gave it a great treatment. It was so bad on our budget. It was an enormous shot, but in all these years it still feels so good.
It was a great, great director because he was able to capture the moment. He did a real great job.
I have no favorite scenes [from American History X]. I think it’s all fantastic.
Do you feel that the new film will appeal to every generation?
I would like to hope so. When I was young, all I read was movies from the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s. I’m so much older than that now, so I don’t really get into that. But I just like it; it’s a very big screen, full of emotion, and there’s a lot of comedy, too.
What is your favorite movie in recent memory?
I think my favorite movie in recent memory is the movie about my dad, John F. Kennedy. It was in cinemas a long time ago, ’72. It was a different time, with Reagan, with all the things happening. In fact, I don’t think JFK [was] nominated for anything. He’s a very interesting person to me, but I’ve had my dad as my hero forever. It’s just been a great, great movie. In fact, I loved it so much that after
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